A few weeks ago, Brennen was asked to be part of a commercial for Valley Children’s Hospital and we just got to see the end result. How fun. 🙂
After a hard week last week we are thankful to see Brennen turning the corner. Last Tuesday and Wednesday nights his fever had climbed but had never hit the magic number 101 when we need to call the doctor. Unfortunately, Thursday about 6:00p he went over 101 and we called Children’s Hospital. They sent us to the ER in San Luis Obispo where they did some testing to see how Brennen was doing. Results came back that his body was holding up and trying to fight off some type of infection. We received some IV antibiotics and were able to go home.
Friday morning his fever spiked again and we went back to the hospital, this time to the pediatric unit for another round of antibiotics but also a chest X-ray and other tests. Brennen’s energy level was up and down during our 6-hour visit. Fortunately, nothing more serious like a bacterial infection or pneumonia were found and we went home.
Over the weekend he continued to improve and we went back to Children’s Hospital for our weekly visit yesterday (Tuesday due to the holiday) and his blood counts were up even more! He needed to be at 750 ANC and he was 2750! Praise God because if he wasn’t high enough we would have to push back all his treatments.
This week he has daily injections that we go to the clinic in San Luis Obispo to receive. Those trips get pretty tiring but at least it’s not going all the way to Fresno. Please continue to pray that our whole family will get healthy. Colds/allergies from all the pollen in the air are hitting us hard.
We are about 10 weeks into Brennen’s treatment and at times, it can feel pretty overwhelming thinking about the long road still ahead. There’s times we wonder how we are going to all get through this. I was just recalling in 2 Corinthians 12 in which the Apostle Paul records his conversation with God about a trial in his life. He says that he asked the Lord three times to take it away. In verse 9 he records God’s response, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9).
We are thankful for the strength God gives us to live each day and we trust that those who see us going through this trial will see “that the power of Christ” rests upon us. We have that power, not because of the good things we have done, but by God’s grace. His grace has been shown to us by taking our sin and it’s consequences and placing it on Christ on the cross and giving us forgiveness!
Brennen has been fighting a cold the last couple days. Tonight he fell asleep at the dinner table. His temperature keeps going up and down. So far it hasn’t been hit 101 degrees. If it does, he has to go into the hospital. Please pray with us for healing.
Sorry for the lack of an update last week. Brennen had a longer day of treatment last Monday. One of the kinds of chemo that he received tends to cause many reactions. It takes 2 hours to infuse and a nurse is monitoring very closely during it and for 1-hour afterward. They say it can be kind of like a bee sting in which you may not react the first time but could get a growing reaction each time you receive it. Praise God Brennen had no reaction and this was his second time!
Brennen has been greatly encouraged by others shaving their heads in support. He thinks there’s 30 now. Eddie and Elijah didn’t want to miss out on the fun but it took a bit of talking to get mamma to okay cutting their baby soft hair.
He has been receiving a lot of chemo in the last couple weeks and it is hard because we can see the toll it is taking on his body. We see the effects mostly in his endurance.
Today we went back for treatment again. For the past three weeks the doctors and nurses keep telling and warning us that his blood counts will drop significantly due to the heavy chemo. They’ve told us each week that we will need a transfusion the following week but, by God’s grace, we have not needed to.
‘Tis the season for sickness. We have had a lot of colds and coughs going through our family the last couple weeks but we are so thankful that Brennen seems to have been the healthiest kid in our family!
This week ends this 4-week phase. To begin the next 4-week phase next Monday his levels need to be at 750 or higher. Please pray for the Lord to strengthen him and allow us to go right into the next phase without having to wait for the levels to come up.